Install a Third Party Graphics Card
Aptiva 1xx and 3xx Video Card Installation The procedure for installing a video card in an older Aptiva is actually easier than in a newer 4xx or S model, as there are no jumpers to move. The BIOS simply detects the new card and uses it as the primary graphics adapter. If you use Windows 3.1 or OS2, simply follow the directions that come with the new card and everything should work correctly. (However, please note the cautions regarding specific video cards at the bottom of the page.)
The challenge is getting Windows 95 to work with a new video card and the existing Trident card. Each time you restart your system, Win95 will attempt to initialize the Trident card, causing a potential conflict with your new card. You can't physically remove the Trident card because it is integrated into the motherboard. The following in the procedure for configuring a new video card under Windows 95.
Aptiva 4xx and S Video Card Installation
The Aptiva C and S on board video card must be disabled by resetting JP10 to 2-3 before the installation of a new video card. For more information about this jumper, check here. Once the jumper is reset, the new video card will install as directed by the manufacturer.
I have been told that the following cards work in the Aptiva:
I have been told that the following cards do not work or caused hangs
when installed in the Aptiva.
Whether this was an installation error or hardware incompatibility I do not know. If you have the answers, please E-mail me.
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